April 21, 2016

April 23 is UNESCO World Book Day

In Canada, we often take access to books for granted and don’t think about how easy it is for us to read virtually whatever we want, paper or electronic. In other parts of the world, though, access is much more restricted due to politics and/or economics. UNESCO’s World Book Day on April 23 draws awareness to the value and necessity of books for human cultures.

As UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova says, “Books embody the diversity of human ingenuity, giving shape to the wealth of human experience, expressing the search for meaning and expression that all women and men share, that drive all societies forward.”

To commemorate World Book Day, take the time to read and appreciate a good book, in whatever genre you like, fiction or non-fiction.

For more information on World Book Day, have a look at the UNESCO site. You can also download several free e-publications, including Rethinking Education Towards a Global Common Good?